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Eventing highlights: Coney leads Britain to Nations Cup third *H&H Plus*

The French prove unstoppable on home soil, but two young Brits shine in Normandy

Le Pin Au Haras, Normandy

Richard Coney led the British team to third in the opening leg of this year’s Nations Cup series.

Riding his 2019 young rider team gold medal-winning partner, Kananaskis, the 21-year-old put in a solid performance in all three phases to finish eighth and best of the 14 British horses who crossed the Channel and lined up for the first post-pandemic international.

“It was great to be out again at an event of this calibre and satisfying to pull off a good result,” said Richard, whose star has been very much in the ascent in the past two years and especially since making a successful senior team debut in the Nations Cup leg at Houghton last May. “Bar the odd blip Kananaskis is a really consistent horse who is suited to the big occasions. We came here two years ago to do the CCI4*-S and I would say the cross-country track was stronger this time.”